Source: NBC News
Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines.
On Monday, a 2004 photo of Bon Appétit’s Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport and his wife, Simone Shubuck, posing in brown face surfaced on Twitter. Several members of its Bon Appétit’s staff took to social media to call for his resignation and for better compensation and treatment of people of color at the company.
After months of negotiations with Uber Eats, Grubhub has turned down the deal to combine its operations with Just Eat Takeaway in a $7.3 billion merger – creating a trans-Atlantic delivery giant at a time the industry is seeking scale.
Concerns of food shortages continue to loom as Covid-19 takes the lives of workers across 60 US plants. Those who have gone on strike demanding safety measures have died from the virus. As of June 8, at least 28.4k+ meatpacking, food processing and farm workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least 101 workers have died.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put more than 10 million independent restaurant workers at risk of losing their jobs for good. Across sectors, businesses are being forced to pivot their business models as consumers go on lockdown and change their buying habits. This round-up features many of the ways the pandemic is impacting all parts of the food industry.
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Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit, came under fire Monday with calls for him to resign or be fired after allegations that the Condé Nast food title pays white editors — but not people of color — for video appearances. In addition, a photo of Rapoport in brown face was posted on social media.
The move comes hours after a photo of him resurfaced on social media, drawing condemnations from the staff for a stereotypical depiction of Puerto Ricans.
We spoke with 14 former and current Bon Appétit staffers and contributors about their experiences at both the magazine and its beloved Test Kitchen.
The Dutch food delivery company beat out Uber to buy Grubhub, whose chief executive will oversee operations in North America. The combined operation will have over 70m combined active customers globally.
Yakima, Washington, a hub of agricultural activity, has the highest per capita rate on the West Coast. More than 1k workers got sick, and those who went on strike for safety demands died from the virus.
The number of coronavirus cases tied to meatpacking plants has topped 20.4k infections across 216 plants in 33 states. At least 74 people have died.
As of June 8, at least 28.4k+ meatpacking, food processing and farm workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least 101 workers have died.
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we have compiled a list of resources amplifying black chefs and food producers, black-owned businesses, and organizations helping the food insecure during protests and COVID-19.
A federal court ruling banned the controversial herbicide last week, but Trump’s EPA is pushing back. The administration announced that farmers will be able to continue to spray dicamba through July 31.
David McAtee is remembered as a man who reached out to his black community through his cooking. He was shot amid a volley of bullets fired by two police officers and two National Guard members enforcing the city’s curfew.
In some cases, agencies still have not released funds two months after passage of $2t Cares Act.
In late April, more than 17% of mothers reported their children under the age of 12 were not getting enough to eat because the family couldn’t afford enough food – a more than 400% increase from when the government last measured hunger rates in 2018.
Will black chefs, who rose the ranks to become inspirations to others, be able to survive the twin assault of a global pandemic and outrage over another police killing?
The harm doesn’t live in those dollars. It lives in the framing of temporary patronage as a viable solution to an enduring problem—or worse, as salvation. The harm is the capitalistic impulse that has distorted tragedy to resemble Black Restaurant Week.
The new capital will be used to help the company expand its customer sales and service teams, advance new products in the pipeline and refine its tech platform and IP foundation.
The funding was co-led by Greenleaf Foods, SPC, S2G Ventures and Evolution Partners with participation from Tyson Ventures, Kellogg’s eighteen94 Capital and others.
The coffee chain will expedite the rollout of its new “Pickup” store concept, powered by mobile ordering, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will also expand access to curbside pickup, drive-thru and walk-up counters in less dense, suburban markets.
Instacart’s share of the online grocery market reached a high of 57% in April. The growth puts it ahead of Walmart, which saw its market share drop 25% in March.
An under-the-radar market has sprung up to prevent euthanizing pigs and help support farmers. But communities on the receiving end have limited processing capacity and big concerns.
The sector is seeing a revival from the COVID-19 pandemic and is also expected to get a boost from culinary-minded millennials.
As the administration sends up to $16b in additional subsidies, critics are concerned that the funds could be used to ensure that the president maintains the backing of one of his key voting blocs.